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Update: Last Ninja 2 on Konix, Video and New Screens

Earlier this year we covered the announcement that Last Ninja 2 for the Konix Multisystem retrogaming platform.  Now, there has been a slight update made available.  Namely a video of the game running in a Konix emulator which shows the disks were still good and readable and some new screenshots.  This is exciting news considering the obvious lack of software for the Konix Multisystem and for the fact that Last Ninja 2 was thought to be lost, by those that knew it was in development, or not known at all, such as most of the gaming public.

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Five Great Side Scrolling Action Games that are Not Mario

It is no secret to retrogaming fans that Nintendo single handedly revived the North American video game market with their Nintendo Entertainment System and a little game called Super Mario Bros.  Nintendo was not new to the North American gaming world, they had several titles out on earlier consoles when they were, what would later become known as, a third party developer.  Yeah, at one time in Nintendo’s history in gaming, they were a third party and not the console maker.  It is quite unknown if the knowledge, by watching everyone fail, is what drove Nintendo to the business practices that brought them great success, and notoriety, in the late 80’s to early 90’s.  That is not the subject of this article though, what is, is the pack-in title that Nintendo chose.  Super Mario Bros.  Many reading this will scream Mario was just a rip off, or continuation, of what Activision was doing with Pitfall.  To others, these two titles are no more similar than Mario is to Sega’s, seemingly former, mascot Sonic.  Here we have collected five great platforming titles that are not done by Nintendo and they certainly don’t feature Mario, or any other Mushroom Kingdom characters, in any way.

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New Game: Flappy Bird Released for Texas Instruments TI-99/4A

Flappy Bird, the game that countless people hate and despise yet it is played and continues to get ported, has hit the Texas Instruments TI-99/4A computer.  I would say “gaming computer” but anyone that has owned a TI-99/4A would know, it wasn’t (which about five readers would catch).  Flappy Bird for the TI-99/4A is a, for the few that don’t know already, game about avoiding pipes, or depending on the version being played some kind of obstacle.  Yeah, not a lot of gameplay to speak of but it is popular with players, whether they want to admit it or not (kind of like reality television).

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Revenge of the License – Dirty Harry

In our never-ending quest to prove that Canada ruins everything, RGM would like to introduce Gamers Exhibit A. Let the record so state the writer is holding up a copy of Dirty Harry for the NES, programmed by now-bankrupt Canadian developer Gray Matter, and published in 1990 by Mindscape, Inc. With the cartridge now entered into evidence, we shall proceed with the inquisition. Prosecution shall begin with their opening statement: “I know what you’re thinking: will RGM rate my game an F, or only a D-minus? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is Revenge of the License, the most powerful column focused on licensed video games in the world, and would blow the dust clean off your connectors, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well? Do ya, game…?’

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New Screenshots Released for Justice Beaver on Super Nintendo by Collectorvision

We are following the work of Collectorvision quite closely.  They are a prolific independent homebrew developer for those that do not know.  One title that we have covered a few times here at RGM is Justice Beaver for the Super Nintendo.  Justice Beaver is a 2D side scrolling action platform title that is currently in development.  Collectorvision has just released new screenshots of World 1-2.

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Google’s DeepMind Artificial Intelligence Learns Retro Games, Beats Man Human High Scores without Taking Bathroom Break

The jokes about Google probably being “Skynet” of Terminator fame have been around for years.  The problem with those jokes is, as time marches on, it seems that they are getting less and less funny.  Not because we have heard them a few thousand times each, but because of how scary Google’s artificial intelligence software is getting.  Take the latest news about Google DeepMind which has taught an AI gamer (software) to play 49 different video games on the Atari 2600.  The scary part is the scores.

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Kickstarter: Toejam & Earl- Back in the Groove Looking for Some Financial Love

Greg Johnson, one of the two creators/owners of the Toejam & Earl games, has put the latest adventure of the funky dudes up on Kickstarter.  The last time we saw this duo was on the Xbox, which was an updated version of the game that was intended for the Sega Dreamcast.  That version was less than stellar to say the least.  What this Kickstarter is all about though, is returning the series to its roots, oldschool 2D overhead actin with simple controls and emphasis on co-op play.  Think the first game and forget the rest and you will have an idea of Mr. Johnson and his team are aiming for.

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Bandit Gaming: Dragon’s Lair Laserdisc Ported to Commodore 64

The Commodore 64 is a computer that is close to my heart as a gamer.  I had other computers prior to it, I also had gaming consoles around but none were as cool as the C64.  From playing Alternate Reality: The Dungeon to playing Temple of Apshai and Sword of Fargaol on it, I had a lot of great days just trudging through fantasy games on that Commodore 64.  Other platforms just didn’t compare.  One thing that was quite limited on the C64 though was animation.  That meant we didn’t see anything like Dragon’s Lair, hell nothing of the time was producing Laserdisc ports.  Thanks to homebrew developers though, we can finally see what Dragon’s Lair looks like on the Commodore 64.  I am not talking Nintendo NES style porting either.

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New Game: Alien Pinball Coming to the Atari 2600

Pinball.  A staple in most arcades and a genre that is quite misunderstood by most of the, dying, arcade going public.  There is more to pinball than what players see as they pass by on their quest to put quarters into the latest one on one fighting game.  There is finesse, strategy and technique mixed with sheer luck and player intervention between the ball and the playfield.  Simply batting the ball around for points is not the only thing going on here.  Alien Pinball for the Atari 2600 looks to bring a lot of that second sense play to one of the earliest home gaming consoles.  So far, they are close to accomplishing that goal.

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Update: Pedal to the Metal is the Unnamed Collectorvision Racing Game for NES, Pics and Youtube Music Sample Too

Less than a week ago I covered a new racing title that Collectorvision were working on.  At that time there was a single, solitary, screenshot available.  Now, just a few days later there are several screenshots available, a Youtube video showing off some of the music and Collectorvision have announced the name of this new game.  This new racing title has been compared to the classics such as Lotus Turbo Challenge on Sega Genesis and Top Gear 1 & 2 on Super Nintendo with a dash of Rad Racer on the NES.  Judging by the new screenshots, that is a fairly accurate description.


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